The Supreme Court did it. By a vote of 5 to 4 the justices of the Supreme Court deemed it legal to marry the man or woman of your dreams, regardless of gender. The outcry from the conservative right, fundamentalist Christians, and whomever else believes that God mandates that marriage is a union between a man and a woman is mounting. Their belief, based on their interpretation of scripture, is that a union between any other configuration is against God.
I am not a biblical scholar by any means nor do I profess to have all of the answers but through my life experiences I do know that I am not a judge nor am I the keeper of all things scriptural. Until I transition to the other side and speak to God myself, I will not know what’s in His or Her heart or mind. Most of our spiritual leaders including television evangelists preach that God does not make mistakes. One of my favorite sayings comes from Joyce Meyers, a popular television evangelist from St. Louis, Mo: Without tests, there is no testimony. Countless anecdotal stories from adult members of the LBGT community state that they’ve known from a very early age that they were gay or “different”. If you were to interview their parents, I am reasonably certain that their responses would mirror their children’s. If you believe God does not make mistakes, remember God made all of His/Her children including those of the LGBT persuasion.
When I began to study the Bible as part of my religious education, there were several references to slavery, as a matter of course, that disturbed me. I asked my priest, “How could slavery be condoned in biblical times.” He answered by saying that the bible although inspired by God, was written by man in the context of the times and was not an endorsement of slavery. However, slave owners in 18th and 19th century America and elsewhere used the Bible as a justification to sell, buy and own slaves. They used the Bible as their justification to rip Africans away from their homelands and inhumanely shackle and bind them into the bowels of ships. Slave owners forbade them from speaking their native language, or learn how to read or write. Slavery was written into law via the United States Constitution, and it was still in effect approximately 150 years ago. It was legal under the United States Constitution for slaves to be considered chattel, the same category of goods as furniture, domestic animals or any moveable personal property. It took the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which was passed by Congress on January 31, 1865 to abolish slavery within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
In 1967, it took a Supreme Court decision to deem anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional. It’s unconscionable to think that less than 50 years ago, interracial marriages of any configuration, white-black, Asian-white, Hispanic-white, etc. could have resulted in the arrest and conviction of both parties. It took the Supreme Court to rule this law unconstitutional.
Forgive me if I do not subscribe to “this is against God’s will” argument. To be honest, I don’t know what God’s will is and neither does anyone else. We are all works in progress and it’s only when we have that face to face sit down with our Almighty Father or Mother that we will know definitively where he or she stands on a plethora of issues, not just marriage equality.
Congratulations to all of the members and families of the LGBT Community on this historic and well deserved Supreme Court decision.